You’ve decided where to volunteer, but now what to pack? Here are some highly recommended personal items Lana Olsen, founder and resource specialist, took with her during her recent research trip to Moshi, Tanzania. More items will be added on a regular basis.

1. RX Bars. It cannot be stressed enough the importance of packing customs-approved portable food items just in case you need a quick snack between meals (or cannot find something you want to eat that appeals to you or might make you feel ill). RX Bars are simply delicious and have a reasonable amount of protein to sustain you when you need that infusion of energy. RXBAR Real Food Protein Bar, Peanut Butter & Berries, Gluten Free, 1.83oz Bars, 12 Count

2. Packing Cubes. Life is made that much easier when you are organised! Packing cubes are essential because they not only keep your items from moving around your suitcase, but are easy to stack, access and when optimal, unpack. There are many colours to choose from that not only adds pizzazz to your suitcase but are easily identifiable as yours when traveling with a family of cube-lovers! Coolife Packing Cubes Travel Organizers with Laundry Bag 7 Set Hanging Toiletry Bag Portable (green).

3. Wipes. When you have to go, you don’t want to worry about where to find something available to keep you fresh. A lot of people think about anti-bacterial hand wipes (and we do too!), but we also recommend it’s time you think about other wipes needed for all bathroom/restroom routines and pack them in your bag. 60 Individually Wrapped Flushable Wipes | 60 Count Bathroom Wipes (2 packs 30 each) | Perfect for Travel | Made by FreshExit

4. Hydro Flask. We understand the importance of staying hydrated given The Traveling Volunteer is based in Phoenix, Arizona. When traveling it makes a huge difference between feeling awake and ready to take on the day both in transit (especially in that airplane cabin) or at the volunteer site. Hydro Flasks come in a variety of colours, sizes, and attached mouthpieces. The Traveling Volunteer staff have several! So if the link to the high volume capacity hydro flask does not suit your fancy, there are many other options that will meet your day-to-day hydration needs at home and abroad. Hydro Flask 32 oz Double Wall Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Leak Proof Sports Water Bottle, Wide Mouth with BPA Free Flex Cap, Cobalt

5. Moleskin Notebook. Taking a diary or note pad to write in (or draw/sketch) is a must when traveling to volunteer in a foreign community. We promote self-awareness on The Traveling Volunteer website, and we think there is no better way to reflect upon your journey than to write down or sketch your thoughts the old fashioned way. Moleskine Classic Soft Cover Notebook, Ruled, XL (7.5″ x 9.75″) Black – Soft Cover Notebook for Writing, Sketching, Journals


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